I love teaching about the Columbian Exchange. Students are fascinated about how different foods, animals and diseases developed differently in the "Old" and "New World." In this lesson student examine the IMPACT of the Columbian Exchange on the "New" and "Old World" by examining secondary sources. Students will then practice searching for credible sources online that would explain the IMPACT of exchanging animals, diseases, plants and technology. My favorite part is when students find a recipe (I challenge them to ask a Grandparent or relative for a family recipe- I have kids calling their abuelitas in Mexico who they haven't talked to in ages!) and then they create a "Cooking Show" or "Cookbook" that shows other students how to make the recipe with historical details about that particular food time (Example: The potato comes from the "New World" and there are thousands of varieties of potatoes). Sometimes students will even bring a sample for other students to try (I got the Principal permission first!).
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Every year, my school site hosts a school wide Project Based Learning Event called "Symposium." This year as GATE coordinator I have put my own spin on the project and developed Curriculum for our students. I developed a six week project for our students, and they will showcase their final work at a "Community Night" and present to their families and people from our community.
Feel free to use this resource at your school site and modify to suit your student's needs. This curriculum is intended for Advanced Learners but all students are capable of completing the project with enough support and guidance. This Curriculum is also suitable for Grade 6-12.
(Click the image above to download the Free PDF)
Developed by Dr. Caldwell 2018-2019
Below are screen shots of some of the Booklets Pages (All activities are included in the Free resource above)